MD Students

Learning, exploring, and gaining a global perspective

Explore unique ways to participate


Longitudinal global health education embedded in equitable partnerships


To offer medical students experiential learning opportunities that improve knowledge, skills, and competency around health equity.


We offer opportunities designed to meet the needs of diverse students, whether arriving at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) with extensive global health experience, or seeking a first exposure to the field of global health.

Global Health Equity Pathway


Enroll in the Global Health Equity Selective

Secure global health mentor(s)

Identify opportunities for Foundations for Discovery at a GHP approved partner site


Engage in Foundations for Discovery at a GHP approved partner site:

• Work with a partner to explore opportunities for research, public health programming, and/or advocacy

• Develop a concept note for a Discovery Year project


Finalize concept note and plan for Discovery Year

Continue engagement with your partner site


Participate in Discovery Year at a GHP approved partner site:

• Develop skills in research, public health programming, and/or advocacy

• Produce and disseminate a final product, such as a publication or formal report


Continue engagement with your GHP approved partner site

Participate in a clinical elective with a health equity focus

"The Global Health Program has been the highlight of my time at UCLA. The incredible faculty are responsive, supportive, and always encouraging students to explore global health projects. My experiences with the Program have significantly helped to shape my path as a physician."
- John Nesemann, MD Student, C/O 2021

Our philosophy and approach

Our philosophy is to ensure that students engage in socially responsible and ethical global health experiences that provide knowledge and skills in the areas of research, clinical care, advocacy, and/or public health.

We hope to inspire future leaders who will innovate and transform health in the most underserved communities, both locally and globally. Our program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to global health education, drawing from expertise within and outside of the DGSOM, and includes training in social and structural determinants of health, research ethics, and public health and policy, while also exposing students to the tools required to advocate for health equity.

We embed our student programs within existing global partnerships where DGSOM has engagement related to research, medical education, clinical service, or public health programming. DGSOM is committed to fostering reciprocal partnerships with careful attention to local ownership, equity, and sustainability.


Explore unique ways to participate in global health

The Global Health Program (GHP) offers opportunities for medical students to engage in global health at DGSOM.


Global Health Equity Pathway

 Longitudinal commitment to health equity activities, locally and globally, throughout medical school.
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Global Health Selective

Semester-long course to examine health and disease from political, historical, structural, and social perspectives.
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 Global Health Clinical Electives

Opportunities for fourth-year students to learn how medicine is practiced in different settings through observerships or experiential learning at our partner institutions.
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